Marbled Chocolate Sour Cream Cake

Level: Easy
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 37 min
Cooling Time: 20 min
Yields: 12 to 16 servings


This luscious Marbled Chocolate Sour Cream Cake needs no frosting and almost no adornment -- the cake itself is its decoration with the colorful yellow and brown marbling effect.


  • 1 cup (6 oz.) NESTLÉ® TOLL HOUSE® Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
  • 1 pkg. (18.25 oz.) yellow cake mix
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar (optional)


PREHEAT oven to 375° F. Grease 10-cup bundt or tube pan.

MICROWAVE morsels in medium, uncovered, microwave-safe bowl on HIGH (100%) power for 1 minute; STIR. Morsels may retain some of their original shape. If necessary, microwave at additional 10 to 15-second intervals, stirring just until morsels are melted.

COMBINE cake mix, eggs, sour cream, vegetable oil, water and granulated sugar in large mixer bowl. Beat on low speed until moistened. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes.

STIR 2 cups batter into melted chocolate. Alternately spoon batters into prepared pan, beginning and ending with yellow batter.

BAKE 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in cake comes out clean. Cool in pan for 20 minutes; invert onto wire rack to cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Moist and yummy!

by J. Judith , FL on Feb. 2014

This cake has a nice dense texture and stays moist and delicious. Great kept in refrigerator or not. I think I'll add some mini chocolate chips the next time I make it, just for fun.


by o. onwuchekwas , , on Mar. 2010

Marbled chocolate sour cream cake is so delicious, and to get the party started we recommended it as the recipe so easy to make.

Super Moist & Delicious :8*)

by R. Rosaly , Brooklyn, NY on Nov. 2009

This cake was such a crowd PLEASER.. My family Loved it, it's so good. I'll be making this beautiful marble cake very often and so easy to make.

Marbled Chocolate Sour Cream Cake

by W. Wanda , on Sep. 2008

Delicious cake with a beautiful presentaton.


by B. BRIGITTE , PORT HOPE, MI on Jul. 2008

This cake was the moistest marbled cake I ever ate. I will bake this cake many times over.

Loved It !!!

by T. TRICIA , PEOTONE, IL on Mar. 2008

This was an easy and fun cake to make. My 8yr old daughter helped and she had a lot of fun making it together. I topped with a chocolate glaze and served it with strawberries and blueberries. It was a hit.

A Special Cake For A Birthday

by M. Mary , CENTRAL CITY, IA on Jan. 2008

I made this cake for my parents birthday. This cake will look like you spent alot of time on it. It was a super moist cake and smelled so good cooking in the oven you can hardly wait to taste it.


by S. Shirley , Calabash, NC on Jun. 2007

This is a great recipe. Would probably add a confectionary sugar and lemon juice glaze to top. However, the confectionary sugar dust is great. All my friends loved it.


by E. , Deerfield Beach, fl on Dec. 2006

This cake was awesome... it was a happy medium for the chocolate lover and those who prefer other things. I have made it on 2 separate occasions and it was a HUGE hit both times. SO easy too!!!


by S. Sara , Santa Rosa, CA on Dec. 2006

I brought this cake into work as a trial run for Christmas and everyone loved it. It was very moist and had great flavor. Best of all, it was VERY easy to make!